COVID-19 UPDATE

The need arose and you responded—with heartfelt thanks to you for your ongoing efforts to ensure that amid a national health crisis our state’s most vulnerable citizens were in safe, decent, and affordable housing to help prevent the spread of COVID. We still have much work to do as we continue our efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases among persons or families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance. With your partnership, the dark days of this pandemic will become a little brighter.

Emergency Solutions Grant

Bridging the Gap: Homelessness & Housing

The Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) is responsible for coordinating and implementing a homeless response system to meet the needs of persons experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness within the Balance of State geographic areas. Both the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Continuum of Care Program Rules state that the Continuum’s of Care must establish written rules for the administration of ESG and CoC assistance. All programs that receive ESG or CoC funding are required to abide by these written standards.

These written standards have been developed in consultation with CoC and ESG recipients, and service providers to allow for input on standards, performance measures and the process for full implementation of the standards throughout the CoC from the perspective of those organizations that are directly providing homeless housing and services, Emergency Shelter (ES), Transitional Housing (TH), Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) and Supportive Services Only (SSO). Service providers are invited to attend a series of Committee meetings to review the written standards and provide input. The written standards are reviewed and approved by the CoC’s Leadership annually.

Helpful links for more information on the new Emergency Solutions Grant:

  • NEAH recommendations

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